This is a wonderful hot-sweet appetizer that guests always love -- much to their surprise! It's great for all occasions, winter and summer. You can adjust the ingredients based on whether you like it more hot or more sweet, and you can make sugar free, fat free versions, too! I got this recipe from my mother, and it's been a family favorite for years! If you do not have time to let the apricot mixture chill overnight, it will still taste delicious served immediately. Serve with your favorite crackers.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
8 hrs 5 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
8 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium-size bowl, combine apricot preserves, horseradish, mustard and black pepper. Taste the mixture and add more horseradish, mustard, and pepper to taste. Cover and chill this mixture overnight.

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  • When ready to serve, place the cream cheese on a serving plate and pour the apricot mixture over the cream cheese. Serve with a basket of your favorite crackers.

Nutrition Facts

138 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 19.3g 6% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 20.5mg 7% DV; sodium 120.4mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2003
The first time I made this I had the same problem as a number of other reviewers....no body was willing to try this because it looked a little odd. The next time I brought it to a party I mixed it all up together an sprinkled a bit of paprika and fresh parsley on top. NOW people were willing to try it. It was a big hit and I got lots of requests for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2003
Unfortunately this was not well received. I had a candle party with 9 people and I was the only one who tried this. If it's any consolation I liked it. I guess I don't live in jezebel country. Read More
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139 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2003
The first time I made this I had the same problem as a number of other reviewers....no body was willing to try this because it looked a little odd. The next time I brought it to a party I mixed it all up together an sprinkled a bit of paprika and fresh parsley on top. NOW people were willing to try it. It was a big hit and I got lots of requests for the recipe. Read More
(25)
Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2003
Unfortunately this was not well received. I had a candle party with 9 people and I was the only one who tried this. If it's any consolation I liked it. I guess I don't live in jezebel country. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2003
Instead of black pepper try using 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) of red pepper flakes. It adds more kick and satisfies the need for a more desirable look. Encourage people to try to first bite and then relax...it's gone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I'm a southerner living in the north where no one has ever had this. I served it at a party recently and it was a big hit with my unenlightened Yankee friends. I might add a little more horseradish to taste next time although it was absolutely delicious as the recipe is written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2003
Loved it!!!! For those of you who enjoy more a little extra kick in the spice department. I substituted 1 Tablespoon of Chinese Mustard for one of the Tablespoons of Dijon. Everyone loved it!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Easy and very tasty served with cream cheese. Also any leftover dip is good served as a dip for chicken nuggets or chicken fingers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2003
Very unusal. Great with crispy toast or crakers.Spicy Sweet and hot. I have fixed it many times now and always get asked for the recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Everyone at my party looooooved this recipe. I was concerned about the horseradish thinking alot of people don't like it but I was pleasantly surprised! I bought Peach Preserves by mistake but it was still very good. I am making it again tonight but will use Apricot this time. I have been asked for this recipe by alot of my friends! Thanks Lisa Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Very good and got lots of great reviews on a weekend retreat. I've made it several times with terrific success. Read More
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